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REVIEW: Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, 'Uh Oh!,' Jazzcat 47 Records >>

The 12 musicians on 22 instruments of the Lou Caputo Not So Big Band-trumpet (2), flugelhorn (2), trombone, tuba, alto sax (2), flute (2), tenor sax, baritone sax, soprano sax, piano, bass, guitar, drums (2), vibraphone, percussion (3)-positively shine on 'Uh Oh!' (Jazzcat 47 Records), their third in 10 years.

Jack White Covers Harry Connick Jr.'s

Jack White Covers Harry Connick Jr.'s 'Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)' in Support of Latest Single >>

If you haven't been completely put off by Jack White and his latest rants then perhaps you'll be surprised to hear his latest cover. The "Seven Nation Army" rocker thus has covered Harry Connick Jr.'s "Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)."

UPDATE: New York Mag's Pop Critic Jody Rosen Responds with Shelfie to Tongue-Tied Ted Gioa's Daily Beast Column >>

UPDATE: Like ex-SPIN scribe Charles Aaron tweeted at the start of the fracas, the best way to get another critic to recognize your work is to simply slag them off. And so, Jody Rosen of New York magazine's Vulture blog did just that...with a shelfie.

Music Criticism Is Tongue-Tied, Says Daily Beast's Ted Gioia >>

A very interesting piece comes to us from Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast about music criticism, or rather its death, or rather its inability or unwillingness to use technical language or display, you know, any kind of actual knowledge. It's especially interesting because it seems to take the viewpoint of mainstream, pop music criticism, referencing outlets like Billboard and even American Idol (I know, that last isn't exactly a bastion of intelligent criticism but apparently Harry Connick, Jr. was sniggered at for using the word "pentatonic"). Sigh.

Simon Says: Harry Connick, Jr. Joins 'American Idol' Ranks, Revives Interest in Show >>

Now, he may not deliver quite like Jennifer Lopez, but Harry Connick, Jr. is certainly an aficionado that stands up to his newly found reputation of discerning those worthy from those who aren't. He may also be the charmer-cum-critic that the other two judges are weary of becoming.

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